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European Commission press release on launch of #SEW17!

Startup Europe Week brings together tech startups in 40 countries

For the second year, Startup Europe Week will bring together tech entrepreneurs in different cities all over Europe.

During this week, 200 events will take place in 40 countries across Europe, including countries such as Ukraine, Belarus and Azerbaijan in addition to the EU Member States. The aim is to inform startups about the available support and resources both at local, regional and EU level.

Startup Europe Week is a grassroots movement promoted by the European Commission’s Startup Europe initiative. It is part of the Commission’s efforts under the Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies to boost economic growth and create jobs by helping startups. Last year more than 15,000 startups took part in the first Startup Europe Week which reached over 4 million people on social media.

Vice-President Andrus Ansip said: “Europe is home to a vibrant startup scene, but some problems remain, such as linking tech hubs, communities and ecosystems. Bringing them closer together would help to unlock their potential, and offer them some scale to compete in the international marketplace. This is exactly the kind of area where Startup Europe Week can help, especially with the local and regional support networks that it can provide.” The Vice-President’s blog post on the Startup Europe Week is available online. 

For more information:
Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel: +32 2 29 67038
Inga Höglund – Tel: +32 229 50698

Originally published on EC daily news bulletin

 

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SEA2Y – Startup Europe final conference

Startup Europe – Discover it’s impact and learn about future initiatives

Startup Europe is holding its final conference in Belgium in February 2017.

Objectives:

  • Learn about what we know about the European startup ecosystems
  • Discover what we have achieved with Startup Europe projects
  • Understand the progress on startup and scaleup policies
  • Engage with future projects and plans
  • Connect with the Startup Europe network

Programme:
Morning: Startup Europe Data + Impact
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
Afternoon: Future: Horizon 2020 ICT32 call & Networking

More information: EventBrite

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First ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ Session

On January 12th 2016, at Lazio Innova, TWIST project partner, the first mentorship session of the ‘Challenge the Car of the Future’ program took place. The program was launched by Lazio Innova and Euro Engineering.

With 59 offices in Europe, Euro Engineering operates as an international engineering company for worldwide clients. As a strategic partner, Euro Engineering offers global project support while guaranteeing a consistent level of service.

Six startups are participating to the mentorship program for the development of solutions for automotive sector that will be proposed by Euro Engineering to European clients. The winner of the challenge will be announced during the Startup Europe Week.

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Startup Europe after 2 years!

Startup Europe has reached the two year mark. check out how our projects have been doing!

Together we have achieved some incredible things and truly boosted the European startup ecosystem, connecting people and helping startups to grow and thrive in Europe.

Highlights of Startup Europe

The Startup Europe projects have collectively connected the cities of Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, Rome, Lille, Warsaw, Brussels, Milan and many more!

An incredible +700 startups have participated in Startup Europe programmes, which have raised more than 200m€ in total.

One of Startup Europe’s strong points has been the sheer number of events that we have organised to create connections and help startups grow across Europe: over 300 events in two years.

Startup Europe Summit in Berlin, 2016
Startup Olé, Salamanca 2016

 

More than just conferences, the Startup Europe projects have helped startups at these events to work through their tough spots and achieve their goals. Over 115 workshops, courses, hackathons, bootcamps and training sessions have been held for startups all over Europe, supporting them in every stage of growth. In particular, we have helped startups with that well-known growing pain- learning how to pitch and epitch. Over 240 epitching support sessions were organised to give startups the training they needed and to turn that 2 minutes with an investor into a golden opportunity.

Pitching with investors at Startup Bootcamp in Rome.
Hackathon in Berlin Photo: Stefan Wieland 2015

For those startups that were ready to take the next step, the Startup Europe projects supported over 1300 pitches to business angels and corporates.

In fact, Startup Europe also organised well-thought-out matchmaking meetings between startups and investors, over 500 individual matchmakings between startups and investors all over Europe. Many were more than just boardroom conversations, in fact they were quite unique and ingenious (see WELCOME project’s meeting investors in cars post!).

Startup Europe also saw +160 startups join Startup Scaleup’s acceleration programme, in two waves of programmes.

One of the four key objectives of Startup Europe has been to help startups internationalise– and boy have we crossed oceans with you! From preparatory internationalisation sessions to giving startups the support they need to land in new ecosystems, Startup Europe has also crossed the atlantic with European startups to Silicon Valley. Two missions to Silicon Valley saw European startups travel to the USA to meet local giants like Google, get to know the ecosystem and test out the waters in the world’s most famous startup hub.

On an important note, one topic that many people are keen to see improved in Europe is the environment for women entrepreneurs. WeHubs, one of the Startup Europe projects, aimed to help women connect and gain the support and resources they need to become successful entrepreneurs, no matter where in Europe they are. WeHubs facilitated the creation of 34 women’s entrepreneur organisations, organised 20 mentors and registered over 330 female entrepreneurs.

Startup Europe also put efforts into encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs, specifically targeting students. Startup Europe Comes to Universities (SEC2U) saw it’s first year, in which more than 35 universities held entrepreneurships events for their students across 18 countries. The network is already accepting expressions of interest from Universities for next year- take a look here.

Students wait eagerly at Roma Tre

Other initiatives which Startup Europe prompted and supported are Startup Europe Comes to India, Startup Europe Week and European Maker Week.

A fair bit of research has also been conducted throughout the project, with over 25 publications being published on Europe’s startup and entrepreneurial environment.

Finally, our following on social media demonstrates the real impact of the Startup Europe initiative – 11,400 members in our Facebook community and 20,000 followers on twitter (13,000 tweets!).

CALL TO ACTION: if you have taken part in Startup Europe projects over those 2 years, make sure you fill out this Google Formselected startups will be announced during the ‘Startup Europe After 2 Years conference’ in Brussels on 2nd February 2017. Please fill out the form by 20th January 2017. For more info take a look here

#SEHallOfFame

Click on the image and fill out the form!

It has been a blast and we aim to keep this website updated with the most recent startup news and activities going on in Europe- keep checking our news and blog sections in the future!

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Travel to and attend SXSW 2017 conference for FREE with Startup Europe!

Be part of an EU startup delegation selected to travel to South by SouthWest 2017 conference in the US, with return flights, accomodation and registration.

The EU will support participation to the South by Southwest (SXSV 2017) conference for up to 10 startup representatives (return flight EU-Austin, accommodation 4 nights, between 10-14 March.2017, and SXSW interactive conference registration).

The startups will also participate in the startup demonstrations and general networking activities that will be organized by the EU Delegation to the U.S. during this period, at an EU-dedicated venue at ‘Palm Door on 6th‘ in downtown Austin.

The selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Examples of innovative technology
  2. Currently participating in an EU funded programme
  3. Actively seeking to expand in the US
  4. Representing regional and gender diversity

To apply, please fill in, by 10th January 2017, the required information at: Google Form application

Startups selected will be informed by 20th January 2017.

Good luck!

 

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Check out Startup Scaleup’s video of IOT World Europe!

Startup Europe project Startup Scaleup went to IOT World Europe in Dublin and took a delegation of startups with them!

Check out this video that they made to find out more about IOT World Europe, a huge event for Internet of Things technology which was held in Dublin, on 21st and 22nd November. You will see their stand at the event, clips of talks and speeches and find out about what kind of IOT startups went to the event!

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Press coverage: Irish start-up UrbanVolt recognised at prestigious Startup Europe Awards!

An Irish start-up has been named as a finalist in this year’s prestigious Startup Europe Awards.

Energy services company UrbanVolt has already been offered a national title in Ireland – and is now in line to win the overall European title.

Supported by the European Commission, the awards recognise firms who are transforming the business landscape across Europe.

“This accolade tops off an incredible year for UrbanVolt,” said CEO of UrbanVolt Kevin Maughan.

“In our first full year of business we have become the biggest lighting company in Ireland and we will save our initial customers over €20m on their lighting bills.

“With our Light as a Service model we have become the first energy efficiency service model that can truly deliver on carbon footprint reduction while remaining highly business friendly.”

The company – which was named Bank of Ireland Startup of the Year –  funds, fits and maintains LED lighting solutions for large commercial properties and shares the money saved by the business as a result.

Earlier this year UrbanVolt announced that it had signed a €30 million funding arrangement with SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund.

The overall winner of the Startup Europe Awards will be announced early next year.

Retrieved from: Independent.ie 

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Join Startup Europe project TWIST for 2 free webinars in December!

Startup Europe project TWIST has organised for 2 free ePitch webinars for 12th and 13th December!

Check out these fantastic free webinars below, you can’t miss them!

  1. TWIST Digital ePitch Training12-december

    Mon, Dec 12, 2016
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CETPlease join the event from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/158210189

  2.  TWIST Digital Webinar “Company Valuation”13-december

    Tue, Dec 13, 2016
    4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CETPlease join the event from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/722743645

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Join ePlus for their second FREE webinar on crowdfunding!

Planning to use crowdfunding for your project? Participate in Startup Europe project ePlus‘s free webinar! Run by experts European Crowdfunding Network. 

Analysing Crowdfunding Campaigns – Presenting selected Best Practices and Cases Studies

7 December 2016
12.30-13.00 CET

ePlus will present selected best practices and cases studies from different sectors such as renewable energy, research and innovation & entrepreneurship and we we will answer your specific questions.

For more information, visit this website.

Register now!

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Join STARTUP IS MY WAY – an exciting event for students and young entrepreneurs on December 6 in Treviso, Italy

STARTUP IS MY WAY is a free event which provides young entrepreneurs and students willing to launch their business with the great opportunity to meet mentors, investors and other key players of the European startup ecosystem.

At STARTUP IS MY WAY on December 6 students and young entrepreneurs get the chance to network with peers, and learn new skills to pursue their dream of starting their own company.

The event will be held in Treviso (Italy) and has been organized by MY-WAY – an EU funded project, which is part of the Startup Europe initiative. MY-WAY focuses on enhancing and improving the entrepreneurial impact of student organisations by connecting them with web entrepreneurship initiatives and digital business experts. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the status quo for the benefit of Europe’s young adults who are considering to become web entrepreneurs.

At STARTUP IS MY WAY, which is the 4th Student Enterprise Conference of the MY-WAY project, you’ll meet some inspiring entrepreneurs, learn about startup success stories, innovation and startup basics. The event will be hosted by H-FARM, a digital platform set up in 2005 to help young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives, and to support the digitalization of Italian companies. H-FARM also provides high level digital education to students and professionals.

The speaker’s list of STARTUP IS MY WAY includes successful entrepreneurs and startup experts like Riccardo Donadon (H-FARM Founder), Massimo Banzi (Co-founder of Arduino) and David Trayford (Founder of The Hub). Tickets for STARTUP IS MY WAY are free, but limited.

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Register now!

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